2017-02-01
Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov's interview with Trend News Agency

Foreign Minister of Armenia once again spoke with lies and slanders against Azerbaijan at a press conference yesterday. How would you comment on that?

Minister of Foreign Affairs Elmar Mammadyarov: Armenian foreign minister’s statements are out of diplomatic ethics and distort the essence of the negotiations process. His contemptuous and insulting statements are also contradictory. These warmongering and aggressive statements are only aimed at the consumption of internal auditorium.

In his groundless accusations and slanders there is no positive attitude in regard with ensuring peace in the region, future development of the region, as well as the perspectives of conflict settlement.

These emotional and destructive statements are out of any reasonable logic and serve for the escalation of the situation in a deliberate manner and consequently, the attempts of undermining the negotiations. With such destructive view and behavior inherent to the political leadership of Armenia, it seems very difficult to ensure the sustainable peace in the region and to achieve the settlement of the conflict.

The people of Armenia and the international community have to give proper assessment to such actions of the leadership of Armenia and draw necessary conclusions.

Foreign Minister of Armenia also distorts the issues related to incident investigation mechanism, the OSCE office in Yerevan, A. Lapshin case and other matters. Although he has broken the meeting at the ministerial in 2+3 format in the framework of OSCE meeting in Hamburg, Edward Nalbandian now claims that the meeting in Hamburg took place at the level of co-chairs.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Elmar Mammadyarov: The well-substantiated position of Azerbaijan on the incident investigation mechanism, the OSCE office in Yerevan and the case of A. Lapshin has been repeatedly brought to the attention of international community. Armenia intentionally attempts to make these issues the object of political speculations. Presenting the farewell dinner organized for James Warlick, the former co-chair from the United States in the framework of OSCE Ministerial in Hamburg as a meeting by Armenia’s foreign minister is the zenith of absurdity. Probably, foreign minister of Armenia by these means attempts to present himself as constructive. But you can draw conclusions yourselves.

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